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The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Had booked the Taj from booking.com, and before arrival , they had enquired when was the check-in, and I said 12 and they just said OK thankyou . We reached hotel at 1.50 pm and we were told to wait for 10 mins for the room to be ready since their check-in time was 2 pm ! Duh they expected...

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From what I could see, it is the best hotel in Varkala. Amazing food at dinner, some of the best we had on our 2-week trip around India. Good, varied breakfast buffet, nice pool area, spacious rooms. 5 minute walk to the beach, a further 5 minutes to the cliff. Unfortunately, the whole hotel is in need of some tlc....

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Had a wonderful time. Good food and amazing service. Was delighted by the level of attention and promptness of the staff. Beautiful lawns and an amazing pool where we spend the whole day enjoying every moment of our get together.

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Sydney
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very comfortable hotel. Our room had a distant sea view and a balcony, which we couldn't use much because it was too hot to stay outdoors for long. Breakfast was the usual buffet fare - omelette, limited cereals, breads, pastries and Indian dishes. Dinner was a la carte (not sure if there was a buffet, but we...

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1Thank CandTSydney
Naypyitaw, Myanmar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The room was very spacious and comfortable, and we slept very well. We'd been staying in cheaper places in Kerala and wanted to treat ourselves to a night in a nice room and the Gateway provided that. Staff were good, very keen to help. Only minor quibbles: the shower wasn't very hot (although this was ok given the climate) and...

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Pune, India
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a family trip in the month of December, so, the weather was at its best. Was our 1st visit to Varkala and this being the only star hotel, selected this one. Hotel is good, standard breakfast as usual for a Taj hotel. Staff polite and cordial. Got a room next to the generator set, however, was changed next...

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2Thank MUKHARE
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful 4 night stay at the hotel for NYE. The rooms are modern and clean, the hotel staff are helpful and friendly. The pool is lovely although when the hotel is busy there aren't enough deck chairs for everyone to sit around the pool. My only criticism of the pool area would be that the towels are...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall this hotel was a huge disappointment from the very beginning, especially at the price range. We had sent a message through booking.com with our booking to arrange an airport pickup, no one responded and no one picked up. The room was ok, but filled with mosquitos, dirty walls, The night manager was the only member of the staff that...

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Gateway V, General Manager at The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Greetings! While I am grateful for your candid feedback on your stay, I am also extremely disturbed to learn of your experiences in which were are agreeably short of meeting guest expectations at a hotel of our lineage. Internal investigations have been carried out with regards to the circumstances leading to inaccurate or incomplete information reaching us, but...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First off, its a gateway property and not Vivanta. So tone down that expectation !(although the pricing is not much different) I was here for Xmas weekend. My room (a garden suite I guess) was large and comfy enough. General cleanliness of property was fine. The backyard gate leads you to the beach via the reaer side of a bunch...

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Gateway V, General Manager at The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala, responded to this review

Dear Mr Jayash, Greetings from The Gateway Hotel, Varkala! Thank you so much for staying with us and sharing a candid review. While I appreciate your overall positive sentiments, its a matter of regret that you did not find the Christmas Eve spread in terms of flavor as much as we would have hoped you did. I am also glad...

Bengaluru, India
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being a Taj, you know service is taken care of. The rooms were clean and decently spacious and gave a very nice view of the pool and the beach ahead. The property has a small access to take you to the varkala beach which itself is quite decent and pristine. The food was decent and the chef ensured that our...

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Gateway V, General Manager at The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala, responded to this review

Dear Mr Narula, Greetings! Thank you for your recent stay and an overall positive outlook towards the resort. I am glad you enjoyed yourselves. We take note of your wish that we served alcohol. We might also wish for the same as in the past years but as you might be aware, in Kerala liquor licenses are restricted to 5...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Pool
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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
It is set amidst tall, swaying palms and is 60 ft high on a cliff, Varkala is located 55 kms (1 hr 15 m drive) from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. The railway station is a 5 minute drive from the hotel. The hotel offers a choice of 30 elegant rooms including 2 suites. A multi-cuisine restaurant and 2 bars, meeting room, Ayurvedic center, WiFi and indoor/outdoor sports facilities makes the hotel an ideal getaway for the discerning leisure traveler. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala

Address: Near Government Guest House | Janardhanapuram, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Varkala
Price Range: £86 - £147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala 4*
Number of rooms: 30
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“Away from Diesel Generator Set”
 of 5 bubbles MUKHARE, 8 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Get the suite if possible. Otherwise the rooms right on the either side of the main lobby have a slightly bigger balcony than others.”
 of 5 bubbles varunnarula123, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The one facing the pool”
 of 5 bubbles Aneesh0617, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Sea view rooms”
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“The rooms on the first floor would give you an excellent view of the sea.”
 of 5 bubbles Praddy, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
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